A free online certificate course has been launched to help spread awareness and knowledge of the Ebola virus, its dangers and threat, and information on how to avoid contracting the deadly disease. The course is aimed at both individual learners, and schools, colleges and workplaces in Africa and worldwide. On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency.
ALISON is one of Africa’s largest educators with approaching one million learners across the continent. With learners in every country worldwide, the ALISON free learning platform can be used as an efficient way of getting timely health literacy information and training to millions. Mobile enabled, ALISON has significant student numbers in the most affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It has over 100,000 learners in neighboring Nigeria and 50,000 learners in Ghana.
ALISON is offering free online access to the course as well as free online groups and free assessment and Certification for Schools, Colleges and Workplaces that wish to make sure all of their students and employees properly understand the course instruction. These organizations can print off Certificates of Completion for each individual learner as proof of learning.
Commenting on the launch, ALISON CEO & Founder Mike Feerick stated that “as one of Africa’s largest educators we have a responsibility, as well as the opportunity to spread awareness and knowledge about the Ebola virus and help the global effort to contain the spread of this deadly disease.” Dr Eric Corbett, Head of Content at ALISON stated that the fact that online courses can be updated instantly as new information appears make it a dynamic and an especially useful and effective communication tool. The course was developed using as core content World Health Organization, and the United States based CDC (Centre of Disease Control) guidelines.